University students return to campus today (ACU)

Australian Catholic University’s eight campuses will be bustling with thousands of students beginning their university journey or resuming their studies when semester one begins today.

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A small group session at the formation week at Good Shepherd Seminary, Sydney (The Catholic Weekly/Giovanni Portelli)

Priests will be better equipped in the future to harness the gifts of people in the pews to lead parishes collaboratively, says the rector of Sydney's Good Shepherd seminary, Fr Michael de Stoop. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

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Nigerian schoolboys after their rescue by security forces in Katsina, Nigeria in 2020 (CNS/Afolabi Sotunde, Reuters)

Pope Francis has joined the bishops of Nigeria in appealing for the release of 317 schoolgirls who were abducted in northwest Nigeria on Friday. Source: Vatican News.

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Notre Dame University

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Pope Francis (Vatican News)

In a candid 2019 interview published on Saturday, Pope Francis reveals that he sees himself “dying as Pope” in Rome, without returning home to his native Argentina. Source: Crux.

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Faith-based providers run a third of Tasmania’s hospital beds and aged-care places (Supplied)

Tasmanian Labor is refusing to stand by its previous commitment to allow hospitals and aged care homes to opt out of the state’s proposed euthanasia system. Source: The Australian.

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Nathan Parker (Australian of the Year website)

Nathan Parker’s dream of becoming a fighter pilot ended in a road accident, but that didn’t stop him – he’s been named the 2021 NSW Young Australian of the Year.  Source: The Catholic Leader.

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CSSA argues that it is in fact the value of the worker that will help Australia recover from the economic and social effects of the pandemic (Bigstock)

“It’s the value of the work, not the worker.” So said a government backbencher while I was speaking to him about the industrial relations bill ahead of its passage through the lower house, writes Ursula Stephens. Source: Eureka Street.

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Edmund Rice Education Australia says consent education needs to be provided to students in early adolescence (Bigstock)

Edmund Rice Education Australia says its schools are committed to working with parents to address the issue of respectful relationships and sexual consent education. Source: The Age.

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Lawyers assisting the aged care commission have made 124 recommendations  (Bigstock)

The aged care royal commission has handed its final report to the Morrison Government after two years of harrowing evidence at hearings across the nation. Source: SBS News.

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The Knights Catholic Leadership Academy teaches participants faith formation and leadership skills (The eRecord)

For five years, the Knights Catholic Leadership Academy has provided formation and training for aspiring young leaders from more than 60 schools and parishes across the Perth Archdiocese. Source: The eRecord.

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Archbishop Paul Gallagher (ACBC)

A robust understanding of the right to religious freedom is being eroded in the global response to the coronavirus pandemic, says the Vatican’s foreign minister, Archbishop Paul Gallagher. Source: CNA.

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Our Lady of Mercy College Heidelberg (Facebook/OLMC)

A Melbourne Catholic girls’ school has apologised to former students after claims of historical sexual abuse were made against two former teachers. Source: The Age.

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Notre Dame University

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Justice Peter Applegarth (SCLQLD)

The body drafting voluntary euthanasia legislation for Queensland has flagged it may not be able to complete the work by its May deadline. Source: ABC News.

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Fr Sean Cullen, Bishop Brian Mascord, Catherine and Jim McGrath and Msgr Francis Marriott with the papal award

The Wollongong Diocese has a new dame after Catherine McGrath was installed as a Dame of the Order of St Gregory the Great.

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Bishop Bede Heather (Parramatta Diocese)

Bishop Bede Heather, Bishop Emeritus of Parramatta, died yesterday at an aged care facility in Sydney’s inner west. He was 92. Source: Catholic Outlook.

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The instrumentum laboris can be downloaded on the Plenary Council website (Plenary Council)

The working document for the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia provides a catalyst for the Church to renew the journey of prayer and discernment toward the first assembly in October, Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB says. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Joe Biden (CNS/Jonathan Ernst. Reuters)

The United States bishops and an interfaith debt relief organisation have urged the Biden administration to support the release of $A3.75 trillion in global reserve funds to help developing countries respond to the pandemic. Source: CNS.

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Alan Kim in Minari (IMDB/A24)

Set in the 1980s, Minari is a gentle mix of drama and comedy that explores the immigrant experience from a Korean-American perspective. Source: CNS.

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